Principals Teaching the Law: 10 Legal Lessons Your Teachers Must Know

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A recent national survey revealed that most teachers have taken no courses in school law and expect their principals to advise them on the legal aspects of education. The survey also indicated that the majority are uninformed or misinformed about the rights of students and teachers.

Tackling the most common legal issues facing schools today, this book equips school leaders with a professional development curriculum for effectively training staff on education law and other critical topics that affect teachers' everyday work. Organized into 10 ready-made lessons, this resource includes

One-hour sessions on topics such as student discipline, special education, and freedom of expression

Warm-up activities, objectives, a summary of legal principles, application activities, and assessments for each session

Facilitation aids such as common questions and answers, timing recommendations, alternate activities, reproducible content, and recommended readings

An online supplement with key terminology, a legal knowledge survey, and lesson plans

Principals Teaching the Law helps you provide your staff with the legal knowledge needed to avoid unnecessary lawsuits, understand teacher and student rights, and work within the boundaries of the law.

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Editorial Reviews

Neil MacNeill
“This pioneering book breaks new ground in an area traditionally considered too complex by school staff."
Neil Mac Neill
“This pioneering book breaks new ground in an area traditionally considered too complex by school staff."
Darryl Williams
"Principals are the key contacts for legal questions in their schools. Principals canuse this book for professional development opportunities for staff,and school districts can use the book for training administrators.”
Robert J. Safransky
"Principals Teaching the Law will really help school law professors, too. The book offersgreat class activities, and isspecifically designed to teach school law to teachers. I do hope that the principal associations recommend this book to their members. As a building principal for 18 years – this book covers the things you need to know as a principal and teacher."
H. Jake Eberwein III
“It is a fantastic book…easy to read, well-written, and easy to use.”
Cathy Patterson
“All educators have had or will have experience with the legal aspects of the profession. This book not only provides immediate information and examples,it also leads the reader to additional support and research.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412972239
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Pages: 197
  • Sales rank: 238,224
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Schimmel is Professor of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. He is author of over 60 articles and co-author of 6 books about law and education including Teachers and the Law,7th edition (2007) and School Law: What Every Educator Should Know (2008) and is recipient of the Education Press Association of America’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Journalism. After graduating from Yale Law School, he briefly practiced law, was an Army Infantry Officer, and served on the Peace Corps staff for 6 years before starting his teaching career at UMass. His current research and writing focuses on promoting legal literacy for teachers.

Suzanne Eckes is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at Indiana University. Suzanne has published over 60 school law articles and book chapters, is an editor of the Principal's Legal Handbook and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Education Law Association. She is the recipient of the Jack A. Culbertson Award for outstanding achievements in education from the University Council of Educational Administration. Prior to joining the faculty at Indiana University, Suzanne was a high school French teacher and an attorney. She earned her Master's in Education from Harvard University and her law degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Matthew Militello is an assistant professor in the Educational Policy and Leadership Studies Department at North Carolina State University. He held a similar position at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he was also the educational administration program coordinator. Prior to his academic career, Militello was a middle and high school teacher, assistant principal, and principal. His research focuses on developing principals’ knowledge and skills in the areas of school law, school data, and collective leadership. Militello has more than 30 publications including articles in Education Policy, Education and Urban Society, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of School Leadership, Leadership Quarterly, Principal Leadership, and Teachers College Record. Militello also co-authored another Corwin book, “Leading with inquiry and action: How principals improve teaching and learning” (2009). He received his undergraduate degree and teaching certification from the University of Michigan and his MEd and PhD from Michigan State University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Jon Manier vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

About the Authors xv

Introduction and Overview 1

How The Principal can be The Chief Law Instructor: 10 Lesson Plans 11

1 Liability for Student Injuries: Protecting Your Teachers, Your Students, and Your School 13

2 Student Freedom of Expression 27

3 Special Education 47

4 Discipline: Student Due Process and Search and Seizure 65

5 Student Harassment and Bullying 89

6 Teacher Freedom of Expression 107

7 Teacher Lifestyle Choices and Out-of-School Conduct 121

8 Religion 133

9 Student Records: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 149

10 Abuse and Neglect 161

Conclusion: The Principal as Chief Law Instructor: Living the Role 173

Appendices 175

Appendix A Conducting Legal Research 177

Appendix B Constitutional Sources of Education Law 179

Appendix C The Court System 181

Appendix D Additional Resources 183

Index 185

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